Husband Ty Medland ‘has no memory of killing’ wife Sam Medland in Brighton town centre, court hears (From The Argus)
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Husband Ty Medland ‘has no memory of killing’ wife Sam Medland in Brighton town centre, court hears
A jilted husband who admits stabbing his estranged wife to death told a court he had no recollection of the killing.
Ty Medland, 26, armed himself with four knives and said he planned to kill himself in front of Samantha Medland in Brighton town centre.
Mr Medland, of Cavell Avenue, Peacehaven, denies murder but admits manslaughter.
He told Lewes Crown Court: “I told her I was going to kill myself and she said ‘go ahead, I don’t care’.
“At that point everything goes black and the next thing I can see was looking down at her and she’s terrified and I’m stabbing myself in the leg.
“It was all very fast. It wasn’t until later that night that I found out what happened.”
Mr Medland said he had decided to kill himself the week before and wanted to inflict emotional pain on his wife by making her witness it.
He met her outside her workplace on Queen Square on January 28, 2013, and experienced a “flicker of hope” they could reconcile.
But when she demanded the return of her possessions he went home and uploaded sexual videos and naked pictures of her onto the internet.
Mr Medland said: “I was trying to shame her. I didn’t know whether me killing myself would have much of an impact on her, so I decided to do something which would cause her emotional pain.”
He returned to Brighton three hours later with three knives up his jacket sleeves and a lock-knife belonging to his late stepfather for “sentimental value”.
Mr Medland defended a text he sent to a friend about murder as a “cry for help”.
He wrote in the text: “The only thing I want now is murder- suicide.
“She pushed me to the edge and destroyed everything I believe in. I don’t want to go to prison and I’m too scared to kill myself.”
Speaking in court he said: “I was hoping he would see that I was really struggling.
“It was a cry for help. There was no seriousness in that message.
“I wanted to emotionally hurt her but I never wanted to physically hurt her.”
Mr Medland said he had become depressed after his wife, originally from Luton, had a miscarriage in January 2012.
The couple became distant and she said she wanted a break before leaving him in January 2013.
The case continues with Mr Medland to be cross-examined today.
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